About Our City

Perfectly positioned along IH-35 East, Glenn Heights is a hospitable, business friendly, rapidly growing community divided between Dallas and Ellis counties. The City has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.8 kilometers square). More than 50% of the city's developable land is located along major arterial intersections that are available for retail and office development.

45th Birthday Cake45 Years of Excellence in Glenn Heights

On September 16, 2015 the City of Glenn Heights celebrated our 45th anniversary of incorporation. Although residents residing in the county date back well before then it was during the 1960s, when N.L. Craddock, a Dallas firefighter, opened a 30-acre (0.12 kilometer square) mobile home park in the area. He helped push for the incorporation of Glenn Heights to prevent his business from being annexed by the nearby city of DeSoto. The City was officially incorporated on September 16, 1969. Thereafter, Mr. Craddock remained active in Glenn Heights politics.

Family Walking in the ParkPopulation

Tracing back to the 1970 census, there were only 257 citizens living in the City of Glenn Heights. A decade later in 1980 the number increased to 1,033 and once again doubled to 4,563 by 1990. Lying in the path of suburban sprawl, Glenn Heights' population had surpassed 7,000 by 2000. Since 2000 the population has increased by 62.8% and is poised to continue this growth.

As of 2013, Glenn Heights had a population of 11,763. The gender is 45.7% male and 54.3% female. The median age was 29.4. The racial makeup of the city is 54.5% African American, 22% White, 20% Hispanic, 0.6% Asian 0.4% Native American, and 2.77% two or more races.


The median income for a household in the City of Glenn Heights is $53,902 which exceeds the state of Texas which is $50,740. Median income for a family was $59,297. The unemployment rate in Glenn Heights, Texas, is 5.10%, Houseswith job growth of 3.43%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 41.80%

Persons Per Household

There are 2,356 households in the city of which 53.3% represents children under the age of 18. The 2012 median house or condo value was $188,618. The 2011 Mean house for all house was $127,769 and for detached houses it was $133,744. The median gross rent is in 2012 was $1,339.

Red Oak Intermediate School BuildingEducation

The City of Glenn Heights’ school system is divided into two parts, the Dallas County portion is served by the Desoto Independent School District, zoned to either Frank D. Moates Elementary School (west of Uhl Road) or Woodridge Elementary School (east of Uhl Road), McCowan Middle School, and DeSoto High School, and the Ellis County portion is served by Red Oak Independent School District, zoned to Donald T. Shields Elementary School, Red Oak Intermediate School, Red Oak Junior High School, and Red Oak High School.

Glenn Heights Park and RideTransportation

Since 1983, Glenn Heights has been a member of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Glenn Heights is the only suburb in the southern section of the Dallas area that is a DART member. Although there are no direct rail lines to the community, the City is served under DART Park and Ride Center. Also, residents are afforded the service of DART’s on call shuttle service for transportation to and from the Park and Ride Center.

Funding to support the City’s membership in DART is remitted by the State of Texas directly to DART and is not directed to the City. This funding is generated through the City's share of the sales and use tax. Currently DART receives 1% of the City’s 2% of the local sales and use tax ($800,000).